Lawsuits loom as Cathie Black starts as schools chancellor
Newly appointed Schools Chancellor Cathie Black got right to work Tuesday, reading to kids at a Bronx public school, but opponents vowed to take her out of the classroom soon enough.
Black was joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott on a tour of P.S. 109, a day after Education Commissioner David Steiner approved Black on the condition she tap former educator Shael Polakow-Suransky as her No. 2.
“I feel fantastic. I just went to a couple of parties and people said, ‘How wonderful. Thank you for doing this for the city.’ And I feel great,” she said on NY1.
But parents and educators insist she won’t feel great after they file suit.
“We don’t have any confidence in someone who has no experience, no qualifications and who has shown no interesting in public education,” said public school parent Noah Gotbaum, who protested at Tweed Courthouse, adding that he’s retained a lawyer to fight Black’s appointment.
Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) promised to file a separate lawsuit to stop Black from officially taking the position on Jan. 3.
“There will definitely, definitely be a lawsuit within the next few days,” he told amNewYork yesterday.
He said that every day next week, protesters will rally at 4 p.m. at the Tweed Courthouse, and he’s starting a campaign to revoke mayoral control of the schools.
Outside the Hearst Tower, where Black worked as head of the publishing empire, retired teachers applied for her old job, saying they’re as qualified as Black is to be chancellor.